I just love how, when the vote goes the way of the education reformers, it’s the people’s will. It’s a Civil Rights issue, even!
But when they don’t get their way, suddenly the evil “educational establishment” and union is all at fault. It couldn’t possibly be that parents and students themselves don’t want their schools drained even further.
If you’d like to see the rest of the conversation, take a peek at the senator’s Facebook page.
Also, see Renee Porter down there at the bottom of the image above? She’s the only Renee Porter who is friends with Sen. Clark Jolley, a proponent of the ESA bills, on Facebook. A Renee Porter in Oklahoma is also the registered agent for Choice Matters for Kids, the organization responsible for paying for some of the phone calls made recently promoting ESA/Vouchers.
Parent Organization Will Continue Fighting for ESAs, School Choice
Renee Porter, executive director of ChoiceMatters for Kids, a parent led organization in support of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), released the following statement after both the House and Senate failed to vote on two ESA bills (SB 609 and HB 2949) :
“Every day I hear from parents who feel trapped by the current education system in Oklahoma. Some of them have children with special needs that aren’t being met in local public schools. Others are literally afraid their kids are unsafe in their current surroundings. ESAs will empower those parents to find the best possible environment for their children to learn.
“I believe the Legislature owes those parents and those children a vote on ESAs this session. I am extremely frustrated and disappointed they did not get one today. However, I am still hopeful that our elected leaders can continue working toward these important reforms this year…”
– Renee Porter
Many educators who spend their 180 days a year trying to care for ALL Oklahoma’s children are extremely frustrated, disappointed, and tired of our legislators and their education reform cronies trying to dismantle a system dedicated to serving ALL Oklahoma’s children. Of course, perhaps that’s their problem…